Today, I've decided to put aside the insecurities for a change, and I'm focusing on writing that helps to boost my confidence – flash fiction!
If you follow my blog, you'll know that I L-O-V-E my flash fiction and participate in flash fic challenges on a regular basis…
I particularly like the Five Sentence Fiction which can be very short – shorty, shorty, short!! If I were asked to describe the appeal of it to someone who's never written flash, but is considering doing so, how would I describe it?
In short, it's literary bungee jumping/ scuba diving (not that I've bungeed or had the deep sea diving experience…)
When faced with the prompt, how do I go about creating the piece? The first reading of the prompt usually triggers an idea of sorts… nothing solid at this stage… and I normally require a day or two, while the idea marinates somewhere at the back of my mind and begins to take shape…
I try to make it exciting by incorporating the following:
~~ Sentence variation. This depends on the prompt and is also guided by my mood. It can range from five long sentences in one piece; or five short sentences in one piece; or long and short combined. I've discovered that use of a one-word, two-word or three-word sentence really packs a punch.
~~ I strive for a specific mood/tone in the piece.
~~ Use of the senses. At least one or two…
So I encourage all you insecure writers to give it a go! Try it out! It's an exciting, heady, addictive, adrenalin-pumping experience… for sure!
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